forth·​right | \ ˈfȯrth-ˌrīt How to pronounce forthright (audio) \

Definition of forthright

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : free from ambiguity or evasiveness : going straight to the point a forthright critic was forthright in appraising the problem
2 : notably simple in style or quality forthright furniture
3 archaic : proceeding straight on



Definition of forthright (Entry 2 of 3)

1 archaic
a : directly forward
b : without hesitation : frankly
2 archaic : at once



Definition of forthright (Entry 3 of 3)

: a straight path

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Other Words from forthright


forthrightly adverb
forthrightness noun

Examples of forthright in a Sentence

Adjective she sometimes was a little too forthright for her own good and ended up saying things that inadvertently offended people I appreciate your forthright explanation of the situation.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But is that acknowledgment forthright, hypocritical, or both? Mark Feeney,, "‘Malcolm & Marie’ is thick with he said, she said," 3 Feb. 2021 The filmmaker’s position is clearly pro-choice, but her forthright, exquisitely tender film transcends polemics. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "How Covid-19 Changed Movies in 2020," 10 Dec. 2020 Only over the past few years have tech companies been more forthright about their diversity issues. Justin Phillips,, "I wanted a Tesla. Then I found out the company doesn’t hire enough Black people," 17 Dec. 2020 While escape from a lab would require many unexpected coincidences, the Chinese government has not been forthright in addressing questions about the role of its Wuhan labs. Marisa Iati, Anchorage Daily News, "8 facts about the coronavirus and COVID-19 to counter misinformation," 6 Dec. 2020 Watson said all contractors associated with the project were paid and that Fayne was forthright with the nonprofit as to how the money was handled. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Cleveland developer embezzled $885,000 from Eastside Market project during bad losing streak at casino, feds say," 7 Dec. 2020 Metro Transit driver Jean Mier has a gentle but forthright message for passengers who eschew a mask when boarding her bus. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "Metro Transit to passengers: Mask up, please," 12 Nov. 2020 It might be noted that Ginsburg was forthright in responding to the committee’s questions. Washington Post, "Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings," 13 Oct. 2020 Kayyem’s post came as many in the media speculated that Trump’s medical team wasn’t being forthright with information about the president’s medical condition. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "CNN analyst floats theory that Walter Reed was infiltrated by Russian spies," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of forthright


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1606, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forthright


Middle English, from Old English forthriht, from forth + riht right

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10 Feb 2021

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“Forthright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forthright

: honest and direct : providing answers or information in a very clear and direct way


forth·​right | \ ˈfȯrth-ˌrīt How to pronounce forthright (audio) \

Kids Definition of forthright

: going straight to the point clearly and firmly a forthright answer

Other Words from forthright

forthrightly adverb She had spoken forthrightly.

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